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Teen Faces 8 Years in Prison For Facebook Joke

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    another good reason to stay off of fb! :batman:

    Petition to Free Jailed League of Legends Player Reaches 100,000 Sigs
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/new...League-of-Legends-Player-Reaches-100-000-Sigs

    A petition calling for the release of Justin Carter, the League of Legends player who's spent almost five months in jail for making a sarcastic comment on Facebook, has broken 100,000 signatures.

    On February 14, 2013, Justin Carter was arrested for making "terroristic threats" after a Canadian woman reported a message he'd posted on Facebook to authorities. "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still-beating hearts," he wrote in response to another League of Legends player who had called him crazy and "messed up in the head." He followed with "lol" and "jk" but the authorities took it seriously anyway, jailing him and setting his bail at $250,000.

    After several weeks in prison, the court determined that the county in which he was being held didn't have jurisdiction, but instead of being freed he was transferred to a different county, where the judge doubled his bail.

    According to his lawyer, Carter has been assaulted multiple times by other inmates and is thus now being held in solitary confinement; he's also fallen into a depression and is now under suicide watch.

    He rejected a plea bargain offer of eight years in prison, and so on April 10 was indicted on charges of making terroristic threats "with the intent to cause impairment or interruption of communications, public transportation, public water, gas or public supply or other public service" and to "place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury."

    Unable to afford his bail, Carter's mother Jennifer launched a petition at Change.org, calling on Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp to release her son and to "change the laws on what constitutes a terroristic threat and create a criteria for investigating these crimes."

    "Justin Carter was arrested on February 14, 2013 for a statement that he made on Facebook," the petition says. "He was not questioned by the police until March 13th, 2013. His home was not searched until a week after his questioning.

    The only item seized from his home was his personal computer. No weapons of any kind were seized. If he had posed a real terroristic threat, shouldn't the police have questioned and searched his home sooner than a month after an arrest?"

    "My son Justin is a good kid who made a stupid joke. That doesn't make him a terrorist, it makes him a kid who made a mistake," his mother said in a separate statement. "No doubt it was a very poor choice in words, but my son shouldn't have to face eight years in prison for an errant comment on Facebook."

    The petition is attracting support from all across the U.S. and today broke 100,000 signatures, well on the way to its target of 150,000 signatures. Nonetheless, the Comal County District Attorney's office said it could not comment on the matter.

    "Because of the nature of the case, we are aware that there is a significant amount of public interest in the case," it said in a statement to MSNBC. "However, ethical rules prohibit a prosecutor from making any statements to be disseminated by public means that could prejudice a pending criminal proceeding. Therefore, because this is a pending case, there is very little information we can provide at this time."

    Carter's next hearing is scheduled for July 16. A website detailing the Justin Carter case is up at http://freejustincarter.org, while the petition calling for his release can be found at http://www.change.org/petitions/release-my-son-justin-carter-in-jail-for-a-facebook-comment
     
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  2. E=MC²

    E=MC² Junior Member

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    WTF!! This is F*cking insane.
     
  3. Invoker

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    im pretty sure it happened inside a lol game but the media wants to make this more valid and changed to fb.
     
  4. incognito876

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    Yeah, read about this yesterday.

    Big warning to stay away from FB, Twitter, or any other social site if you might just occasionally say something stupid.

    Yeah, like we all do.

    True bad choice of words, and somewhat offensive, but the guy is 18 and was just having a bit of fun - or so he thought.

    My opinion is not to use the main SM sites for any other activity other than spamming.

    And I hope those effing people that are happy to condemn him to years in a prison cell for an unthoughtful comment have never said something daft when they were drunk, or got annoyed and had a go at someone when in fact it turned out they were wrong, or acted over-emotional in a situation that didn't really warrant it.

    Yeah, sure they never have.
     
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  5. santhu

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    This Is truely insane and meaningless....:(
     
  6. Junkfood00

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    He is fucked up and should be diagnosed for any psychological disorders. What brought doing a massacre in a kids school to his head? Especially when happening in the US, the country that does ANYTHING to stop terrorism..
     
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  7. besupreme

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    Some crazy ish right thurr,what happened to freedom of speech.
     
  8. Invoker

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    im pretty sure that the gov will have technology to look inside our thoughts just to make sure we dont have any anti gov thoughts
     
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    Yeah when i read this i thought i was reading the onion the first time. It's asinine.
     
  10. rashow

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    Lucky they didn't see what i say in online games chats :D
     
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    Does anyone know if he is facing UP TO 8 years or did he get sentenced to 8 years?
     
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    Another example of what happens when you take human logic out of the equation and "act by the book".
     
  13. Invoker

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    death to infidels!!
     
  14. goodslice

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    This is just outrageous. I can't even begin to imagine how helpless he must feel locked up in there having done nothing criminal.
     
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    Messed up
     
  16. Hybrid12346

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    Social media networks cause too much drama. I mean look at all the athletes nowadays who make stupid remarks on their twitters. I remember Stevie Johnson dropped a wide open pass in the endzone and the first thing he does after the game is blames god for making him drop the ball.
     
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    You just earned 20 years behind the bars.
     
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  18. Goal Line Technology

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    ...or maybe 10 days away from BHW :)
     
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    Hate to be the devil advocate, but with everything that has happened with school shootings and terrorist attacks he does need to get something for his choice of words. Not the smartest thing to say on a social media site. You would think an adult would know that.

    8 yrs of prison is a bit harsh but the US is not messing around with stuff like that anymore. Just my opinion.
     
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    "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still-beating hearts," he wrote in response to another League of Legends player who had called him crazy and "messed up in the head."

    He is really insane.... It's really a very disturbing joke...